Grande Chorale to perform May 2

April 10, 2014

RIO GRANDE, Ohio – The Grande Chorale, one of the premiere musical ensembles at the University of Rio Grande, will perform its annual spring concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 2 at the Berry Fine & Performing Arts Center.

The concert, free and open to the public, will feature a variety of jazz styles including swing, salsa, bossa nova and ballads.

“The Grande Chorale will perform a selection of vocal jazz works that will entertain and educate the audience,” Grande Chorale Director Dr. Sarin Williams said. “Listeners may know some familiar tunes such as ‘Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me,’ ‘Moon River’ and ‘I’ve Got the World on a String.’ Everyone should know at least one tune from this concert, and will leave wanting to dance the night away.”

Grande Chorale members include sopranos Aryn Gritter and Ally Waddell; altos Brooke Wolni, Chloe Nared and Stephanie Cartmell; tenors Matthew Rhinehart and Andy Knipp; and bass Jordan Lombardo. Skyler Thompson plays percussion with accompanist Sabrina Hurt.

The spring concert will mark the final Grande Chorale performance for Thompson and Cartmell. Thompson is scheduled to graduate later this May, while Cartmell is moving on to beauty school.

“We wish them all the best in their future endeavors,” Dr. Williams said. “They will be greatly missed here at the University of Rio Grande.”